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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by MJSfoto1956, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I had a chance to ride a Zero for the first time on a DS ride a few weeks ago and it used less of its total range than my 525 did with a stock tank which was a little less than half.

    tons of power, fun to ride for sure. Love the torque. By comparison the suspension was garbage but the 525 in question was my race bike so it wasnt very fair.

    With proper suspension and real knobbies I probably would have rather been on the Zero.

    This was the first time an electric bike was absolutely a viable alternative for a ride I was on

    The biggest down side is that the Zero has a belt drive which as we know are fairly fragile off road but extremely efficient

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  2. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Long timer

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    I will would consider buying a E-dual sport motorcycle, all it it has to do meet the price and performance numbers of my 20 yr old XR400, and I will spot you $7000 because it would be a new bike.
    Is there anything even remotely close. You get $10,000-$12,000, 80 miles/charge, recharge in 15 min, or battery swap, 280 lbs, decent suspension, and close to 40 HP. Bonus points if you can get it to not sound like a RC car without using artificial sound generators. I think those should be pretty easy specs to reach for a new bike, if the technology is actually ready.
  3. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Long timer

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    How long was the ride, and did you start and finish at the same location.
  4. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I want to say that it was about 20 miles but its a pretty gnarly trail, and yes it was an out and back.

    Electric bike on uphill tipovers too... :thumb
  5. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Long timer

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    just looked up the zero, what model were you on. Looks like the one with ok range does not have "swap able batteries" and the extra batteries are more then a nice used bike even cost. But i will admit they are getting pretty close.
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  6. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Im starting to see them on CL for ~$5k and considering they only really have a couple moving parts and they havent been around that long, there really isnt much to worry about or discuss as most of them are garage queens. There is of course battery but they seem to be fairly robust.

    Even if they've been flogged, so what? It's not like they have a warm up time
  7. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Anybody making electric snowmobiles yet?
  8. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    Yep....
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  9. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Pretty cool. I want to look into that. I'm trying to learn enough to know what sled to buy. So gotta look into this one.
  10. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Da UP, eh.
  11. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I searched some. Looks pretty neat. But like the Zero Motorcycles, they are really neat, but just not there, YET.